'''Kurt Vonnegut Jr.''' (; November 11, 1922April 11, 2007) was an American author. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel ''Slaughterhouse-Five
Born and raised in Indianapolis
, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University
, but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army
. He was deployed to Europe to fight in World War II, and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge
. He was interned in Dresden
and survived the Allied bombing of the city by taking refuge in a meat locker of the slaughterhouse where he was imprisoned. After the war, Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox, with whom he had three children. He later adopted his sister's three sons, after she died of cancer and her husband died in a train accident.